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100 Water Heroes: Arturo Vittori

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Founder and President of Warka Water

Arturo Vittori is the Founder and President of Warka Water, an NPO that “focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions.” Arturo is an internationally celebrated artist, architect and designer whose projects have provided beautifully innovative solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.

When asked what prompted the launch of Warka Water, Arturo stated:

"The idea of the project came out from visiting a small village called Dorze in Ethiopia and seeing women and children walking for kilometres and kilometres every day to bring some water home"

Arturo and his team realised that, in order for rural Ethiopians to access water, women and children had to walk for miles, only to reach shallow, contaminated ponds. This new awareness ultimately led to Arturo designing vertical water towers that collect potable water from the air, providing rural populations with an alternative, safe water source.

Arturo is one of our #100WaterHeroes for founding Warka Water and using his skillset to create an alternative solution to lack of water access in rural African communities.

Twitter: @ArturoVittori

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/arturo-vittori-a457351

100 Water Heroes: Aabid Surti

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Founder of the Drop Dead Foundation

Aabid Surti is the Founder of the one-man NGO, Drop Dead Foundation (DDF), which fixes leaking taps in residential houses in Mumbai, free of charge.

He read a newspaper article in 2007 that explained that a tap that dripped once every second would lead to the waste of over 1000 litres of water a month. When he became aware of the severity of the looming global water crisis, he was incentivised to found Drop Dead, which uses the tagline, “save every drop, or drop dead.” He hired a plumber, and together, they visit houses to replace the gasket on leaking faucets.

Before he added environmentalist to his list of achievements, Aabid was already a prolific National award-winning author of over 80 books, as well as a screenwriter, cartoonist and artist. Since starting his water-saving initiatives, he was been nominated for the CNN-IBN CJ ‘Be The Change’ Award in 2010, organised the DDF short film competition to raise awareness on water conservation and had his project featured on multiple national and international media platforms.

Aabid is one of our #100waterheroes for taking the unwavering commitment to making water-saving changes in his own community, one tap at a time.

Website: http://aabidsurti.in/#